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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout shares her love of art to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Sept. 30, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Nicole T. taught an art class for young children to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“I learned that nothing ever goes exactly according to plan and that you have to know how to be flexible to accomplish things,” says Nicole, a 2010 graduate of Langham Creek High School.

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

“I love art, and I know I would have a lot of fun doing this project,” explains Nicole as to why she chose the project. “I also enjoy spending time with kids.”

Her classes took place at a local library every Saturday morning for four months. Nicole led volunteers in teaching children in fun art projects, like making edible clay sculptures and paper beads. Each class had 20-30 kids in attendance.

“Nicole learned that when she committed to things, she needed to deliver,” says Michael T., Nicole’s father.

As a Girl Scout, Nicole also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Langham Creek High School, she was a member of student council, cross-country, Junior Achievement, debate and the computer science club. She was also a National Merit Finalist. Nicole is currently attending the University of Texas in Austin studying biology.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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